Thursday, May 17
Original artwork and giclée prints are available for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Library
Native Plants of
San Bruno Mountain
New Watercolors by Artists of the Mary L. Harden School
of Botanical Illustration
May 2 - August 31 2018
San Francisco Botanical Garden Society presents Native Plants of San Bruno Mountain, New Watercolors by Artists of the Mary L. Harden School of Botanical Illustration.
Join us in celebrating the beauty and biodiversity of San Bruno Mountain, one of the largest public open spaces in an urban setting in the United States. In this fourth exhibit of paintings by Mary Harden and her students, the artists have worked with the San Bruno Mountain Watch observing plants in the 2,600 acre open space reserve.
Original watercolors painted from live specimens are life size and botanically accurate while still displaying the exuberant artistic style of Mary and her students. Native plants exhibited include snowberry, checkerbloom, California buckeye, golden aster, bee plant, among many others. Over thirty individual artists who have studied art with the Mary Harden School of Botanical Illustration and have achieved the level of master artist will have artwork on display in this exhibit.
A botanical painting, Mary Harden explains:
"...is more than a scientific illustration as it requires the hand of the painter to be revealed in the composition, as well as the choice of focus, the life cycle elements, and the use of space and color. It is a personal statement about a particular plant, at a particular time, in a particular habitat. We hope to create that moment of joy when a plant is discovered along the trail. It is seen and felt with all of one's senses."
San Bruno Mountain was recognized by renowned Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson as one of the world's 18 biodiversity hotspots in need of preservation. It is one of the last remnants of the Northern (Franciscan) Coastal Scrub that once covered most of San Francisco and the Peninsula.
The San Bruno Mountain Watch is a thirty year old non-profit organization dedicated to conserving all of the land on or near San Bruno Mountain as open space. Doug Allshouse and David Nelson are champions of San Bruno Mountain who first introduced the artists to this rich and wild place so that they could accurately paint some of the indigenous plants from life for this exhibit. Doug and David are discovering and actively documenting every native plant for an upcoming San Bruno Mountain field guide to be published by the California Native Plant Society.
With this exhibit Mary Harden and her students honor them and their work and the efforts of the hundreds of volunteers who enjoy their weekends together on the mountain restoring the native plants.
General Exhibit Information
The Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture is recognized as one of the finest horticultural resources
in the nation. Its 27,000-volume collection ranges from new gardening titles to antique herbals. The
Library is open, free of charge, from 10am–4pm, every day except Tuesdays and holidays.
Exhibitions of art related to botany, horticulture and the natural world run for four-month periods.
The artworks in our exhibitions are available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the
Library. For more information, call (415) 661-1316 ext. 403.